#047 Exercise as a Treatment for Depression

08.03.2019 - By FoundMyFitness

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In this short episode, Dr. Patrick discusses some of the compelling science including observational studies, randomized controlled trials, and human mechanistic studies that suggests exercise is a powerful tool for preventing or managing the symptoms of depression and mental illness. Moreover, she talks about the specific types of exercise and exercise parameters that evidence suggests might be the most helpful for depression. This podcast started its life as a video, so make sure to check out the full video or the references and episode notes on the episode page. In this episode, you'll discover: 00:00:00 - Introduction 00:01:51 - Multiple types of research support the anti-depressant effects of exercise 00:04:45 - Exercise boosts serotonin and blocks harmful kynurenine  00:10:00 - Exercise causes beneficial inflammation that boosts BDNF 00:13:18 - Depression lowers BDNF and neuroplasticity 00:15:08 - Exercise increases endocannabinoids and endorphins  00:16:09 - Concluding thoughts If you’re interested in learning more, you can read the full show notes here: https://www.foundmyfitness.com/episodes/exercise-depression Join over 300,000 people and get the latest distilled information on depression straight to your inbox weekly: https://www.foundmyfitness.com/newsletter Become a FoundMyFitness premium member to get access to exclusive episodes, emails, live Q+A’s with Rhonda and more: https://www.foundmyfitness.com/crowdsponsor

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